Origins of DSM-I: a study in appearance and reality.

  title={Origins of DSM-I: a study in appearance and reality.},
  author={Gerald N. Grob},
  journal={The American journal of psychiatry},
  volume={148 4},
  • G. Grob
  • Published 1 April 1991
  • Psychology
  • The American journal of psychiatry
The author traces the history of psychiatric nosology in the United States from its origins in the early nineteenth century to the introduction of DSM-I in 1952. Until World War I, psychiatrists were not interested in systematic classification, although they were concerned with diagnosis. The first official nosology, adopted in 1918, reflected the need to collect mental hospital data. The federal Bureau of the Census had a role in the development of this nosology in that it required such data… 

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